Tesla driver charged with negligent homicide of truck driver he hit while using auto-steering on E18

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The driver of a Tesla, who is accused of negligent homicide, had auto-steering when he drove over a truck driver on the E18 in Arendal in May this year.

The information emerged when the trial against the driver, a man in his 40s, started in Aust-Agder district court on Wednesday, Motor writes.

The accident happened at 11:20 AM on May 29.

The truck driver had parked the semi-trailer on the right side of the road on the E18 near the Torsbuås tunnel to fasten a loose safety strap when he was hit by the Tesla. The man died on the spot.

The prosecuting authority believes that the man was not sufficiently alert and careful when the collision occurred.

Doesn’t admit criminal guilt

According to newspaper Agderposten, the man does not admit criminal guilt. 

He thinks he had no precondition for understanding that there was a man there, as the man was in the semi-trailer shadow. 

A forensic scientist also established that the shadow made the man less visible.

The accused also said that he had both hands on the steering wheel all the time.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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